Vientiane, 13 February, 2018
In remote communities where access to mass media is difficult and limited, community radio plays an important role in providing rural populations with relevant development information that addresses their common needs. A joint project of the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR, helps improve access to information and public services for marginalized rural communities. The stations are entirely run by volunteers from the communities, a diverse bunch of inspired, mostly young people, eager to learn and contribute their time and energy. They know the communities, people and various ethnic languages.
Nokna Douangpanya is a National UN Volunteer who is responsible for mobilizing local volunteers, training them, and running the radio programmes. Ricefield bird, that’s the meaning of Nokna’s name, has been serving as a UN Volunteer in a remote Thatheng district, Sekong province of southern Laos for more than two years.